INVESTIGATIONS: The Cloak & the Dagger

One day last week ailing, 62-year-old Dennis Chavez, whose political roots are firm and fast in heavily Catholic New Mexico, rose in the Senate for one of his infrequent speeches. "Mr. President," said he, "for the first time in my 19 years in Congress, I make the deliberate point of referring to my religion. I speak as a Roman Catholic."

Because the Catholic Church is unalterably opposed to Communism, he said, any man "who claims he is a Catholic is accorded special attention and authority when discussing Communism." Therefore he felt bound...